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Chicken Chicken breasts vierge sauce (tomatoes, olives, capers, basil, pine nuts, lemon)

Chicken Breasts with Provençal Vierge Sauce

  • Author: lechefswife
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: French
  • Method: Oven baked
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean

Description

These Chicken Breasts with Provençal Vierge Sauce are a delicious way to add some French flair to your menu rotation. The Vierge sauce is tangy and fresh and feels sophisticated and decadent over the grilled chicken breasts. The flavors of ripe tomatoes, fleshy olives, briny capers, rich roasted pine nuts and lemon zest complement the flavor of the chicken so well. The sauce truly transforms a classic!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chives, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup of pitted Niçois or Kalamata black olives, halved (lengthwise)
  • 2 tbsps of capers (left whole if it is the small kind. If it is the full caper berry, halve or quarter depending the size)
  • 1/2 cup basil, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons roasted pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 Chicken Breasts (I prefer Organic if at all possible)

  • 1 tbsps olive oil for the chicken

Instructions

Cooking Instructions:

For the Chicken Breasts:

I suggest this method for having a crispy grilled outside and a succulent, juicy inside

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil into a non-stick pan over medium high heat
  3. Place the chicken breasts in the pan to sear for about 10 minutes, flipping over halfway. Leave until the chicken breasts have a nice, golden brown color on each side.
  4. Remove from heat and transfer the chicken breasts to an oven safe dish (like this Le Creuset I always use)
  5. Set in the oven on the middle rack for approximately 15 minutes until the chicken breasts are fully cooked. 
  6. I recommend using a meat thermometer if you are unsure - the temperature inside the meat should reach 165 degrees. Cooking times can vary greatly depending on the thickness and size of the meat.
  7. Remove chicken from the oven and allow to rest on the counter while you finish assembling your dish

Instructions for Vierge Sauce:

  1. Mix the shallot, green onions, chives, cherry tomatoes, olives, capers, basil, pine nuts together in a mixing bowl with the 3/4 cup of olive oil.
  2. Zeste the lemon into the Vierge Sauce. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the sauce using a strainer to avoid lemon seeds getting into your Vierge!
  3. Mix and set aside.
  4. Le Chef's note: Vierge sauce is even better made a couple hours in advance, the shallots lose their acidity when resting in the olive oil.

It is that simple! A delicious, healthy Mediterranean dinner in 35 minutes. I don't always serve this dish with a side - I think the tomatoes and chicken are enough of a meal. However you can choose to accompany this dish with pasta (tossed in the Vierge sauce as well) or else rice. Make sure to finish the cooked rice in the pan with the chicken drippings. Yummy!


Notes

How else to serve Sauce Vierge

You will want to serve Vierge Sauce on everything! The sauce is bright and citrusy with a little bit of tang from the shallots that is absolutely delicious.

Vierge Sauce with Branzino

Vierge Sauce with Salmon

  • Grill 4 Salmon filets and spoon sauce vierge over the top right before serving

Vegetarian Pasta Salad

  • Add Vierge sauce to 4 cups of chilled, cooked pasta (I like fusilli or gemelli), mix well and top with mozzarella or burrata cheese. So yummy!

Keywords: Chicken Breasts, Provençal, French, Mediterranean